National Basketball Association
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L.A. Clippers at New Orleans
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans Pelicans averaged 140 points while winning their first two games and look for another scoring splurge when they host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. The Pelicans scored 131 points in their season-opening pounding of the Houston Rockets and followed up with a franchise-record 149 in a rout of the Sacramento Kings.

Forward Nikola Mirotic is averaging 33 points and 9.5 rebounds while big man Anthony Davis is contributing 28.5 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists as New Orleans won its first two games by an average of 19.5 points. "We've been just playing fast, sharing the ball, playing very unselfish," Mirotic told reporters. "I think we're going to be big trouble for the rest of the teams." The Clippers went 2-1 on a season-opening three-game homestand and are starting a stretch in which six of eight games are on the road. Los Angeles established a franchise record by making all 26 free throws during Sunday's 115-112 win over the Houston Rockets.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS West (Los Angeles), FS New Orleans

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (2-1): Rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is displaying that he will be an immediate contributor as he reached double digits twice while averaging 8.3 points during the homestand. The 20-year-old had a solid all-around game in the win over the Rockets with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists and also is an asset on the defensive end. "We're all composed and not fazed by the moment," Gilgeous-Alexander told reporters. "I'm always really confident in myself. I know how hard I work and it pays off."

ABOUT THE PELICANS (2-0): Mirotic is a scorching 11-of-17 from 3-point range and has tallied 30 or more points in both games, including a career-high 36 in the triumph over the Kings. "I had all of preseason to understand where I need to be, where are my best spots," Mirotic told reporters, referencing his February arrival last season in a trade from the Chicago Bulls. "I think this is going to be a great year, but I want to be solid on both sides of the court. I know defensively I can step up, be better and rebound the ball. Those are my goals." Davis registered double-doubles in both games and has made 21-of-33 shots from the field.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Davis averaged 29.8 points and 11.5 rebounds as the Pelicans went 3-1 against the Clippers last season.

2. Los Angeles F Danilo Gallinari has scored at least 20 points in consecutive games for the second time since joining the team last season.

3. New Orleans PF Julius Randle is averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds in his first two games since being signed as a free agent in the offseason.

PREDICTION: Pelicans 113, Clippers 105
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
L.A. Clippers 2-1 W2 2-1 0-0 0-0 2-1 0-0 2-1
New Orleans 2-0 W2 1-0 1-0 0-0 2-0 1-0 2-0
Last Meeting
L.A. Clippers New Orleans
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/9/18 NO 113 LAC 100 100 61 45.9 113 50 46.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
L.A. Clippers S. Thornwell 20 64.3 0
New Orleans A. Davis 28 50.0 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
L.A. Clippers D. Jordan 15 5 10
New Orleans N. Mirotic 16 1 15
Assists Player  
L.A. Clippers S. Thornwell 7
New Orleans J. Holiday 11
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
L.A. Clippers T. Harris 109 49.4 22
New Orleans A. Davis 137 55.1 35
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
L.A. Clippers M. Harrell 38 8 30
New Orleans A. Davis 65 16 49
Assists Player  
L.A. Clippers P. Beverley 22
New Orleans E. Payton 49
Quickchart Matchup
L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Off vs  New Orleans New Orleans Defense
L.A. Clippers Off vs New Orleans - Points For 107.0 Points For
L.A. Clippers Off vs New Orleans - Points Against 120.5 Points Against
L.A. Clippers - FG% 43.6 FG%
New Orleans - FG% 47.3 FG%
L.A. Clippers - Reb 47.7 Reb
New Orleans - Reb 38.0 Reb
New Orleans New Orleans Off vs  L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Defense
New Orleans Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points For 140.0 Points For
New Orleans Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points Against 103.7 Points Against
New Orleans - FG% 56.0 FG%
L.A. Clippers - FG% 40.6 FG%
New Orleans - Reb 53.0 Reb
L.A. Clippers - Reb 47.7 Reb